hibiscus hot & cold brew tea

Now that the fresh tinge of summer is in the air it’s a great time to be indulging and experimenting with the wide variety of herbal & floral teas available for making into beautiful, soothing and refreshing brews. Nowadays you can buy several wonderful herbal tea mixes, but another option is to brew the tea yourself from dried flowers such…

mushroom patty sliders

Delicious vegetarian patties that are crisp on the outside, wet and soft on the inside – and deliver flavour that could rival any first-rate burger? Coming right up. I realised today I was unequivocally missing America. Recently we went to the USA for a short break where we managed to get all the way from…

coconut & almond karanji

This year my birthday fell on Easter Sunday, which is possibly the most revered day of the calendar for Christians. After 40 days of fasting for Lent, and a Holy Week beginning on Palm Sunday (which celebrates Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem), Easter Sunday is celebrated as ‘The Resurrection’; 3 days after his crucification, Christ rose…

saffron & samphire spanish paella

Paella de verduras. That’s “paella of vegetables”, which translates to an absolutely delicious vegetarian rice dish packed with flavour and hearty goodness. Paella as we know it originated Valencia, Spain. It’s perhaps one of the most recognisable and famous Spanish dishes, famed for it’s use of golden saffron, ground peppers, and tasty rice – the most important ingredient….

rasmalai

There are no words to describe the intense rich, creamy, and sweet taste on the palate when eating a spoonful of rasmalai. Light, spongy, spiced softly with cardamon and delicate saffron; they must be tasted to be fully admired. Ras in Hindi literally translates to “juice” meaning the delicious thickened milk we serve, and malai means cream. They are a Bengali delicacy…

kanafeh | rose water soaked cheese pastry

How had I not tried this by now? Kanafeh (also spelt as kunafeh, kadayif and many other variations) is a sweet dessert from the Levant. It’s generally agreed to have originated in Palestine, but now many other countries have adapted the recipe by putting their own unique spin on it. The recipe I am presenting to…

mystery blogger | award

Just when I think I’m ready to start writing a blog post … just when I’ve put my next recipe in the making into the oven, I decide I’m also going to make ice cream by hand –  and there goes the idea of leisurely writing a blog post to the smell of baking cakes! Well, here I am, and I’ve…

tempura samphire

Tempura is a Japanese dish referring to small strips of food that have been fried in a light batter. If you’ve not yet tried tempura vegetables, I urge you to; this batter is the lightest, airy, fluffiest, and probably healthiest batter that you’ll come across. A true defining mark of the dish is that the coating is always…

shirkhand & puranpoli

Happy (late) Gudi Padwa! Gudi Padwa is the first day of Chaitra, which according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar is the first month of the year. It also has a scientific logic as the sun is in the first point of Aries (The first sign of the zodiac), which in turn marks the beginning of…

beetroot rice noodles with plum sauce

If you’re anything like me, a quick vegetable stir-fry has been one of your “go to” meals for as long as you can remember; it’s easy to whip up in a matter of minutes, requires minimum cooking proficiency and is deliciously tasty. Speaking personally, it was actually one of the first meals I learnt how…

palak paratha | spinach flatbreads

Spinach is known as a superfood. This means that it’s one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. It is rich in vitamin k, a, e, and c, iron, protein, fibre, magnesium – basically, everything that is good for your body, spinach has in bucketfuls. If you want to make these paratha even more healthy, try…

shaved fennel & mandarin orange salad

We’re currently going through that awkward time of year when it’s still winter; still cold, bleak, and unapologetically, seemingly, never-ending. And then you spy the little daffy-down-dillies popping up by the side of the road, tossing their heads as if to beckon the sunshine. And suddenly spring sunshine and April showers don’t seem quite so…